What are EHRs and how do they work?
To treat patients right, doctors collect a lot of data. The healthcare industry is changing rapidly with new technologies, process automations, data management, and medical privacy,making the collection of digital data instrumental. Electronic health records (EHRs) are a digital version of real-time patient-centered medical records that are stored and shared across various departments of the health care sector.
Since the data is stored digitally, it can be accessed securely and instantly by authorized users. An EHR doesn’t just contain treatment or medical history of a patient. It extends beyond the regular clinical data that a healthcare provider collects in an office.
As part of promoting the implementation of the meaningful use of technology in the healthcare sector, HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) was enacted in 2009 in the United States. It was endorsed as part of the American Recovery and Reinforcement Act and was also passed along with MACRA of 2015. As a result, legislators stimulated the healthcare sector in enforcing the use of quality EHR software in order to help improve adherence to regulatory controls and boost efficiency.
Why EHR makes healthcare better
- Large data delivery is better and faster
Medical professionals can now process large data volumes quickly and in a more coordinated manner. EHR systems help to decrease the fragmentation of healthcare services, by integrating and organizing patient’s health data. It also allows the easy distribution of data among various authorized healthcare professionals.
- All your data in one place easily accessed
EHRs place precise and all-inclusive information about a patient right at the fingertips of a healthcare provider. This enables them to provide quality services. EHR brings easier decision support, safer and reliable prescribing, and real-time reporting. Healthcare providers can access medical information when and where it is needed.
- Better communication between medical professionals
EHR software developers now offer personalized Internet-based solutions that one can access from different devices and operating systems. Patients, together with clinical service providers can now monitor and make proper real-time adjustments. It makes communication among clinicians, lab experts and other healthcare professionals easier.
EHRs help support the decision making process of healthcare providers through:
- Regular clinical reminders and alerts.
- Backing for diagnostic and healing options.
- Improved collection, communication and examination of patient information.
- Inbuilt safeguards against possible undesirable events.
Often, patients who experience catastrophic events are confused and frightened and can misremember or forget most of their medical details. Therefore, having vital data quickly available, such as allergy information, blood type and other medical history is paramount.
- No more paper routine
Patients have no need to fill out endless paper forms. E-prescriptions can be sent electronically to the pharmacy thus reducing errors and incorrect treatments. Less paperwork translates into storage issues, as traditionally, staff and clinicians would spend most of their time processing and filling out manual forms. EHRs are paperless, meaning the need to do a lot of paperwork is a thing of the past. This leads to reduced storage space needs.
- Efficient Coding and Billing
With the ability to facilitate insurance billing submissions, EHR software aids in providing comprehensive documentation, ensuring the correct coding. This translates into time and resource savings, due to the elimination of manual charge entries which often lead to inaccurate billing and lost charges. It also aids in putting an end to reimbursement delays and leakages in revenue, which tend to improve the quality of satisfaction for both the patient and healthcare professionals. EHRs also benefit medical practices through other ways, including the reduction of transcription costs, re-filling costs, reduced chart pull, and much more.
CoreValue is a globally trusted provider of healthcare systems focused on improving quality of service and complying with the regulations of HIPPA, FDA and Good Clinical Practices. With a wealth of experience and expertise in the healthcare sector, we have every capability to deliver practical solutions that feature a combination of EHRs and other IT-based systems.